The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum


LIVE STREAM: Rock and Roll Night School - The Big Bang: Women and the Birth of Rock and Roll (Aug 17 at 7 p.m. EST)

This live stream event is scheduled for August 17th from 7 - 9 p.m. EST.


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Although many women performers came to prominence in the 1950s, women are not typically remembered as the instigators of rock and roll’s “big bang.”  While women performers  like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey were some of the most successful recording artists in the era before rock and roll, the early days of rock and roll are typically characterized by the rebellious exploits of male artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.  This class will explore the many women who were crucial to the rise of rock and roll including Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Wanda Jackson, Janis Martin, The Chantels, Etta James, and Big Mama Thornton – and consider how their musical sounds and performances contributed to the formation of rock and roll.